Tired Old Queen At The Movies #146

Clip recap:

Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy team up for an Oscar nominated entry in the screwball comedy genre in Jack Conway’s “Libeled Lady” (’36). Also starring adorable Walter Connelly as Loy’s millionaire father, the plot revolves around a newspaper that prints a story about a rich heiress ( Loy) who is supposedly a home wrecker. When the story breaks and the paper is up for a libel suit, newspaperman (Tracy) puts his marriage on hold to Harlow and hires Powell to set up Loy and prove that the fabricated story is true. The results are hilarious, the stars never better and it proved to be one of the best comedies of the thirties.

  • Michael R
  • Boreal

    This one I have not seen.

    • David Walker

      You need to. Not “you should.” You need to.

    • greenmanTN

      It’s well worth watching. This is kind of OT, but if you have never seen it, get “To Be Or Not To Be” with Carole Lombard and Jack Benny. Mel Brooks remade it but I think the original was better.

      • One of my favorite lines, that I used when describing my career, I stole and adapted from TBONTB…”I was world-famous in Munich”

        • greenmanTN

          It’s a very funny movie.

          Pretend Hitler walking into a room. “Heil myself!”

          Though IMO this is the best contemporary parody of Hitler.


  • Walter Maerlyn
    • BearEyes

      all the more reason TO cover it

    • thatotherjean

      We don’t have state-run newspapers/media outlets, Mr. President. Unlike your BFF Putin, you can’t tell them to back off when it concerns you and your friends. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  • BeaverTales

    Hi Steve….Pleasepleaseplease review Elmer Gantry one of these days, before you get too old or too tired….

  • Walter Maerlyn

    OT: US Sweeping Up (Arresting) Russian Hackers In Broad Global Dragnet


  • Walter Maerlyn

    OT: Hate Makes Us (US) Weak — How Russia exploits American racism and xenophobia for its own gain.


  • greenmanTN

    Screwball Comedies are one on my favorite genres. Carole Lombard was a goddess.

    Favorite screwball insults:

    “He’s sort of like a cross between a werewolf and a Ferris wheel, but with a heart of gold if you care to blast for it.”

    “I don’t know which is more pernicious, you or anemia!”

    Gail Patrick in My Man Godfrey:

    “I need you to do me a favor.”

    Male friend: *sigh* “Alright, who do you want killed?”

    Gail: “I do my own killing, I just need a favor!”

    And while Libelled Lady is not the best example it’s still pretty good. It’s a little fishy that Spencer Tracy won’t consummate the relationship with Jean Harlow…


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    • Robincho

      May Robson (to herself): “Oh, this must be the part where I’m supposed to look all shocked…”

  • Tiger Quinn

    I wonder how today’s blacks feel about Moms Mabley, for example.

    • greenmanTN

      That is a valid question. The comedy/mystery Mad MIss Manton, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, also has Hattie McDaniel in it, as a maid of course, but in her scenes she steals the movie. She’s wonderful but due to her race she’s relegated to the background.

      FWIW, Myrna Loy was a really good person, ahead of her time. She wrote a letter to the heads of MGM, asking why all black people in movies were servants, when the reality was, even in the 30’s and 40s, there were black lawyers and doctors too and it was unfair to only portray them as servants. Myrna got what was going on and she didn’t like it. She tried, but nothing really changed.

    • Acronym Jim

      Whoopie Goldberg, for one, did a tribute to her for HBO.


  • greenmanTN

    Carole Lombard, perhaps the actress most associated with screwball comedies, was known for her somewhat raunchy humor and foul language. This is apocryphal, but supposedly she was asked what it was like being married to Clark Gable, the King Of Hollywood.

    She supposedly replied “One less inch and he’d be the Queen Of Hollywood.” 😁

    • Robincho

      On another occasion, I believe she said, “Well, he’s no Clark Gable.”

      • greenmanTN

        I am not a big fan of dramas or melodramas, but Lombard was awesome in comedies.

        And Myrna Loy was great in them too.


        Just for .fun, Cary Grant and Randolph Scott lived together.because Hollywood stars of that era weren’t paid enough to afford their own homes, so they needed to share expenses..🙄


        There are a few topics you should never around me because I go full-tilt .nerdgasm. It’s a compulsion.

        • Robincho

          Frugality — I like that in a young couple. Still, it’s completely heartbreaking to see a tidy bungalow with only one Duesenberg in the driveway, not two. Privations such as the Grant-Scotts underwent are just sickening, but they were two smart guys who knew that they had to (tag)team up…

          *plumps pillow* Come sit right by me, young man. Mind the antimacassar, there’s a good fellow. Now, what’ll it be for tonight? I’m rather in the mood for “Kind Hearts & Coronets.”
          Who needs Gloria Guinness when we can have Sir Alec?…

          I agree with you wholeheartedly re Lombard and Loy. Don’t let’s omit Irene Dunne, though. She deserves her shot also…

          • greenmanTN

            My god, yes, about Irene! It’s hard to choose between The Awful Truth, My Favorite Wife and Theodora Goes Wild as a favorite. As you might imagine, these are the questions that keep average men from Tennessee from a full night’s sleep, (What? You mean all boys don’t watch Irene Dunne movies? The hell you say!)

            There are some really great moments in all 3, usually when Irene lets go with her… contained malice? (Good-natured malice is my favorite emotion.) Theodora might win on that level because she takes such delight in being bad and she’s got a really good evil chuckle before she starts laying waste to propriety.

            Then there was Stanwyck in The Lady Eve…

            Oh, fuck. I think I just gayed up the whole internet with those statements. It’s gonna take weeks to get all that glitter out! 😉

        • Addison

          A couple of Myrna Loy’s treasurable bits of dialogue from “Love Me Tonight”: (1932)

          Princess Jeanette (Jeannette MacDonald):
          Do you ever think of anything but men?

          Countess Valentine (Myrna Loy):
          Oh, yes! Schoolboys.


          Vicomte Gilbert de Vareze: The Princess has fainted!
          Could you go for a doctor?

          Countess Valentine:
          YES… bring him right in!

  • Acronym Jim

    Powell finds out Loy’s father is really interested in trout fishing; that’s his big love.”

    So THAT’S what was used as the euphemism in 1936.

    • thatotherjean

      Only after the Motion Picture Production Code was adopted.

  • Skip Intro

    I’m so hopelessly gay. I don’t even know what March Madness means but I can identify Myrna Loy on sight.

    • Robincho

      March Madness consists of NOT being able to identify Myrna Loy on sight…
      the uniquest nose in the biz!

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